Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life
STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE PART C-STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES
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Halina, M. (2018). Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life. STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE PART C-STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES, 67 28-31. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2017.11.003
In one of his short stories, author Ted Chiang describes Lisa—an expert linguist—attempting to decipher the written language of an alien species (Chiang, 2002). Lisa is finally able to decode the intricate semagrams, and as she grows fluent in the language, she finds herself thinking in it too. It is then that she fully realises that the experiences of these aliens differ dramatically from human thought. Rather than seeing the world causally and sequentially, as humans do, the aliens experience the world “all at once”. Rather than moving through time, they experience the world integrated over time, with the past, present, and future occurring simultaneously.
Leverhulme Trust (RC-2015-067)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsc.2017.11.003
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/279745